Make a Lasting Impact

Making a Long-Term Investment in 4‑H Youth

Indiana 4‑H Foundation’s endowment funds are held and invested by the Purdue Research Foundation through a special agreement. This allows us to receive great returns on investments. These funds support a specific purpose or program in perpetuity and are spent in such a way that the principal investment remains intact.

Endowments are funds that are restricted to specific purposes and are spent in such a way that the principal investment remains intact. Essentially, endowments support their designated purposes in perpetuity.

Endowment Basics

An endowment gift of $25,000 will provide roughly $1,000 in funding for the county 4‑H program of your choice. There is a $25,000 minimum* to establish an endowment with the Foundation.  Endowments can be restricted to a county or or 4‑H program area.  The ultimate goal is to ensure endowments are broad enough to include future programs, so it will be awarded in perpetuity.

*Endowments can be completed as cash gifts over five years or established as a part of a planned gift. 


The Foundation currently has approximately $1.2 million invested in 53 endowments for scholarships and 4‑H programs, with an overall return of 4.2 percent before spending.

Each year we receive nearly 1,000 scholarship applications from young people in 4‑H. About 285 of them receive a combined total of nearly $170,000 in scholarships annually.

Indiana Endowments by County

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Current Endowments

4‑H Staff Research Endowment To support graduate studies and research by 4‑H specialists and agents in the Indiana Cooperative Extension Services.
Alice E. Gentry Memorial Scholarship Endowment Scholarship for Hamilton County 4‑H member
Barbara Faris Estate Gift Scholarship Accomplishment Scholarship
Beck’s Legacy Fund The fund is invested by the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) on behalf of the Hamilton County Community Foundation (formerly called the Legacy Fund). The fund provides scholarships for Hamilton County 4‑H Youth.
Beverly Torr 4‑H Scholarship Scholarships for Fashion Revue 4‑H participants in Putnam County
Chester L. Towner Indiana 4‑H Scholarship for 4‑H Electric Electric Scholarships
Daniel Lee Willoughby Estate For use in sheep development and youth programs
Dennis Polk Family 4‑H Scholarship Endowment for Kosciusko County To support scholarships for 4‑H members in Kosciusko County
Don and Jackie Kremer Family 4‑H Scholarship Endowment Scholarship for 4‑H members in Animal Science
Donald G. Kremer White County Scholarship Endowment To provide one or more senior scholarships for current participants of the Indiana 4‑H program in White County, with swine or beef preference.
Doris Jane Hunefeld Hildenbrand Endowment for Dubois County 4‑H To support members of the Dubois County 4‑H program.
Dr. Ella Lee Ingram 4‑H Plant and Environmental Science Scholarship To support current members of 4‑H program who have participated in the plant and environmental science project or statewide programs.
Dr. Ella Ingram and Jim Luzar 4‑H Leadership Scholarship Scholarship for students exhibiting and exceling in leadership.
Dr. Eva L. Goble Endowment Fund General operating fund (board designated)
Dr. Mark Cunningham 4‑H Memorial Scholarship Scholarship for students enrolled at any institution in Agriculture
Dr. Pat Jarboe Buchanan 4‑H Scholarship Scholarships for residents of Vanderburgh County
Eddleman Family Scholarship for Marion County 4‑H Scholarships for students from Marion County attending Purdue
Grant County 4‑H Endowment To support the Grant County 4‑H program
Helen L. Witte Indiana 4‑H Scholarship To provide scholarships to 4‑H students in Wells County, IN.
IN Consumer Trends Council Healthy Living Support Fund Endowment To support healthy living initiatives
Indiana Retired Extension Staff Endowment Fund Supports Leader Training
Jackson County 4‑H Endowment 4‑H Programming in Jackson County
Jackson County 4‑H Scholarship Fund Scholarships for Jackson County students
Janet Allen Memorial Extension Professional Development Scholarship Scholarships for Extension Educators
Jay & Joan Yarde Memorial Endowment for the DeKalb County 4‑H Program To support the DeKalb County 4‑H Program
Jeff Holland 4‑H Scholarship for Monroe County Endowment 4‑H Programming in Monroe County (merged with Monroe Board of Directors endowment in 2021)
John E. Keefus Memorial Scholarship Scholarship for a LaGrange County 4‑H senior seeking post-high school training or education
Johnson County 4‑H Endowment To support the Johnson County 4‑H program
Katie Stam Irk Scholarship for Servant Leadership Scholarships for students attending any university in Indiana
Lake County 4‑H Program Endowment To support the Lake County 4‑H program
LaPorte County 4‑H Booster and Alumni Association Endowment For LaPorte County 4‑H Program including construction or renovation of a building
Lin Wozniewski Endowment for Lake County 4‑H Awards 4‑H awards for members of the Lake County Indiana 4‑H program
Louis and Mary Luzar 4‑H Scholarship for Putnam County For scholarships for 4‑H members in Putnam County
Marthena J. Smith Memorial Scholarship for Morgan County Scholarships for residents of Morgan County.
Martin Family Endowment for Clinton County 4‑H Livestock Programs To support the Clinton county Livestock Progrmas
Mary B. McKinzie Trust Unrestricted Board Designated
Morgan County Endowment 4‑H programming in Morgan County
Myers Family 4‑H Loan Fund Provides loans up to $2,500
Nola Gentry Estate Charitable Trust Scholarships in Hamilton, Tippecanoe, White, Benton, Clinton, and Carroll counties and other programs approved by the executive committee
Paul B. Crooks Memorial Fund Crooks Distinguished Extension Educator Award Co-op Extension Service field staff educator
Paulette LeCount Dowden Fashion Revue/Sewing Accomplishment Scholarship Endowment For an accomplishment scholarship for Fashion Revue/Sewing
Perry County 4‑H Endowment Fund 4‑H Programming in Perry County
Philip Wise Family 4‑H Scholarship for Leadership Annual scholarships
Philip Wise Family 4‑H Scholarship for Animal Science Annual scholarships
Posey County Endowment 4‑H Programming in Posey County
Rex Schrader Whitley County 4‑H Endowment 4‑H programming in Whitley County
Richard Eugene Ladd 4‑H Scholarship For residents of Grant County
Robert E. and Maurine K. Anderson 4‑H Scholarship Scholarships for 10-year members from a single-parent home
Robert W. Cline 4‑H Center Endowment Fund For educational programs at the 4‑H Leadership Center
Scott and Mary Swartz Endowment for Johnson County 4‑H (estate gift) To support the Johnson County 4‑H program
Sharon A. and David A. White Allen County 4‑H Endowment To support the Allen County 4‑H Program
Stubbe Truitt 4‑H Scholarship Endowment for Leadership Scholarships for current and past 4‑H members who excelled in leadership; preference given to 4‑H Junior Leaders
The Bob Amick 4‑H Scholarship Fund Loans For former 4‑H members in junior or senior years at Purdue
The Dr. Robert and Betty Abel Endowment For the Foundation’s unrestricted use
Vermillion County 4‑H Program Endowment To support the Vermillion County 4‑H program
Vigo County 4‑H Scholarship in Memory of Trevor Scamihorn Scholarship
Warren County 4‑H Program Endowment To support the Warren County 4‑H Program
Wayne and Barbara Jennings 4‑H Scholarship Hendricks County 4‑H Scholarships
William Viar 4‑H Scholarship Endowment To support scholarships for 4‑H youth


Learn More

If you would like to learn more about establishing an endowment to provide ongoing funding for a particular program or award, contact the Foundation’s Executive Director.